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Q6600 build, need some advice on the parts (Urgent)

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January 8, 2009 4:20:48 PM

Hey everyone,
I was reading alot before I finally got these parts together but still its hard to decide about some of I list them, I'm waiting good/bad comments, anything helpful.

INTEL CORE 2 QUAD CORE Q6600 2.40 GHZ LGA775 - 1066 FSB - BOX

I know i P35 gigabyte mb is better, but i just cant order (the shop where i order from doesnt have, only asrock/ecs with p35) and i thought P31 is just the same (i dont need ddr3). about the ram any idea, or especially what i cant decide is the psu (i think this one should be ok), and the big question is with the vga card, as its kinda expensive and dunno really if the difference between a 9800gt and gtx is high enough.

Thanks in advance,

PS: Would need urgent replies.

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January 8, 2009 4:56:26 PM

It's like a post from the past :) 

You need a P45 motherboard. Or P43.

The power supply needs to be better.

You should get a 4 GB memory kit.

A 9800GTX+ is not a good deal. They are overpriced for the performance they give.

See my guide in my sig.
January 8, 2009 7:36:05 PM

Hi, easiest if i give you the link where i order the stuff from so you can choose. dunno if there's an english version but its easy to find what u need.

these are the links. whats the main difference between a p45 and p31. can win xp recognize 4gb ram, or at least can it start with 4gb? vista will be not used, i think, it will be never used. 9800gtx or gt this i couldnt decide aswell, maybe buffing up some other parts and going with a cheaper vga would be the solution.

Im waiting ur reply.
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January 8, 2009 7:49:27 PM

Win XP will work with 4GB of RAM, yes. It will only be able to use 3.5 GB (I'm assuming you meant XP Pro 32-bit), but that's OK.

January 8, 2009 7:58:52 PM

Ok, then choose a 4gb one:) 
January 8, 2009 8:16:26 PM

This one looks good, for example:

DDR2 PC2-6400 240-pin

You need something labeled DDR2 (not DDR3), with 240 pins (not 200), and not labeled MAC.
January 8, 2009 8:18:54 PM


You need a P45 motherboard. Or P43.

The power supply needs to be better.

A 9800GTX+ is not a good deal. They are overpriced for the performance they give.

any decision on these yet? if u got time please check out the links i posted
January 8, 2009 8:20:47 PM

btw, the cas latency, and those numbers 5-5-5-15 on the ram, what they mean? (shortly)
January 8, 2009 8:25:36 PM

The 5-5-5-15 are timings. The first one is the CAS latency. Don't worry about them. RAM with smaller numbers there will overclock better, but it will cost more. Since you needed to ask this question, it's safe to assume you're not into overclocking and you might as well save your money.

Way more details than you really need can be found here:

January 8, 2009 8:28:13 PM

i will not overclock i think, even if i will do, it wont mean to make a q6600 to 3.8ghz or something..maybe to like 3g...3.2g max, but its atm leave oc. i just want a good psu,mb,vga..
January 8, 2009 8:34:37 PM

GA-EP45-UD3R or P5Q


Very hard to find a good PSU on that site, especially if you have no clue about Greek like me. No Antec, no PC Power & Cooling, no Corsair, etc. Enermax and Seasonic are there with a few models. I'm guessing the brands popular in Greece and those popular in North America are totally different.

Prioximon is right about the 9800GTX+ being overpriced, especially on that site. 196 euros for a 9800GTX+ makes no sense when a HD 4850 is faster and sells for 131 euros, or a HD 4870 is way faster and sells for 208 euros.

January 8, 2009 8:43:03 PM

the mainboards are nice but they are more then double of p31, is there really such difference between them? things like firewire i wont use ever in my life, or sli, or whatever extra nonsense **** they have.
the psu is nice too, but why is it double of the coolermaster? cm sux that badly or its just seasonic a big name out there ? about the ati cards i dunno, had some before and always had driver issues, nonstop. btw, do this has pixel shader 4, and all the new useless features that the new games ask ? dx10 support?
January 8, 2009 8:54:28 PM

Im selling my pc if your interested. =D
January 8, 2009 8:57:09 PM

The MBs I listed don't have either SLi or Crossfire, they're for one video card only. OK, I'll try to find something cheaper.

CoolerMaster is one of the worst PSU manufacturers, while Seasonic is one of the best. OK, CoolerMaster makes decent stuff these days in the 850W+ range, but those smaller ones are risky. Let's try this: you search that site and get a page that lists all the PSUs, sorted by price. Give me the URL, then I'll look at it and try to find something decent and not very expensive. I tried to do that but I got lost in the Greek.

DX10 is supported by all cards like 8800, 9800, HD 38xx, HD 48xx. LOL at driver issues, absolutely. I have owned both ATi and nVidia cards and always had driver issues. My current card is an 8800GTX and it was a nightmare for the first 6 months until they fixed the drivers. Anyway, the HD 4850 and HD 4870 and 9800GTX+ are all selling well and drivers are pretty good now, thanks to all the people testing them.
January 8, 2009 9:08:59 PM

im searching after brand, and keep going to the next page, basically not more then you do i guess.. i have to make the part setup untill tomorrow about 2-3pm (gmt+2)
about the coolermaster psu i didnt know its one of the worse, as i never bought any psu unit in my life, just standard with the case. it looks like the hd4850 is ok, gonna get that one, asus mb looks ok, im checking the ram again, u sure that kingston gonna be good ? now the psu is the question. case doesnt matter i hope. cpu must be ok, hdd is, maybe a decent dvd writer that u tested these days would be a good advice.. hmm check check..what else? any extra cooling a q6600 needs or the stock one is ok? thanks for ur time aevm. u got a beer :D 
January 9, 2009 4:08:07 AM

Well done aevm.

OZSA, at all cost, except maybe the PSU, get a P35 or better and RAM with DDR2 800 at 1.8V. The timings are less important, you will never go over 400 FSB.
January 9, 2009 12:49:46 PM

This Samsung SH-S223F DVD writer is pretty good. Very popular in the USA.

I found a decent PSU for 72 euros (not 119 like that Seasonic).


BTW, for anybody who would like to help in this thread, go here:
This way you get to see what's available, even if you don't speak Greek.

January 9, 2009 3:14:57 PM

Sorry aevm, my brain is full today :p 

You seem to be doing well though :) 
January 11, 2009 9:31:03 AM

I just ordered what you said there, gonna see how its working next week, thanks guys
January 11, 2009 6:45:08 PM

Good luck with the build! Let us know how it works.